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Aston Martin and Bowmore release extremely exclusive Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky

06 August, 2020

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin have presented a very limited edition "DB5" bottle of 1964 Single Malt. The Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky bottle holder is made from a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston. With only 27 bottles available at £50,000 each, this whisky is extremely rare.

Black Bowmore DB5 Aston Martin whisky bottle

The beautiful, handcrafted bottle houses an equally scarce single malt - Black Bowmore 1964. The year 1964 represents a defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin during which both companies made changes would lead to the birth of some of their most iconic creations.

Aston Martin Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky piston

Of course, 1964 was a very important year for Aston Martin: the year of the James Bond movie Goldfinger, in which Bond drives the Aston Martin DB5 for the first time, starting a long lasting relationship.

Aston Martin Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky collaboration bottle

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.

First distilled on 5 November 1964, over the years Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, only around six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore have been made available, thus adding to the desirability of this iconic whisky.

Aston Martin Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky engraving bottle

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore commented “1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.”

In keeping with a commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a bespoke contemporary glass studio, based in North East Scotland. With over 50 years of glass design, sculpting and creative expertise, each bottle took up to one week to be complete, reflecting the continued thread of attention to detail and skill which defines this collaboration.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in a handmade presentation box; itself a work of art.

Aston Martin Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky case

Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue colour and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5.

Aston Martin Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky case closed
 

Aston Martin Black Bowmore DB5 1964 whisky case handle

The partners are set to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives with the goal of offering fans of the brands, across a broad spectrum, the opportunities to connect with the partnership.

As world class luxury brands Bowmore and Aston Martin urge consumers never to drink and drive.

Tasting notes:

On the eye: Deep obsidian black

Breathe in: Layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel. As time moves on soft tobacco smoke, aromatic orange peel and rich black cherry come to the fore.

Taste: Intense flavours of mango, passion fruit and acacia honey interwoven with a powerful combination of coffee and tobacco smoke

Savour: A wonderfully long and decadent finish with tropical fruits and spice, defining over 240 years of craftsmanship

Cask type: Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt
Age: 31-years-old
Vintage: 1964
ABV: 49.6%
Edition: 27 bottles

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with an price of GBP £50,000 ($65,000 / €55,000).


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